Jeter attended college at California State University, Fullerton where he became friends with James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers, and through them, Philip K Dick. K.W. Jeter wrote an early Cyberpunk novel, Dr Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K Dick. Jeter is also the first to coin the term "Steampunk," in a letter to Locus magazine in April 1987, to describe the retro-technology, alternate-history works that he published along with his friends, Blaylock and Powers. Jeter's Steampunk novels-Morlock Night and Infernal Devices-were republished by Angry Robot in April 2011. As well as his own wildly original novels, K.W. Jeter has written a number of authorized Blade Runner sequels.